A father is a significant figure in family life, and in our culture as a whole. Fathers have had an enormous impact on the formation of the children in their lives. I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank all of you fathers in our midst who have given of yourselves, day in and day out, to provide and care for the children in your lives.
I also want to take a moment to honor the fathers who have moved on from this lifetime. Sometimes a day like father’s day can bring about the grief and pain of loss in a way that is difficult to carry.
At Table Grace Café we see many people on a daily and weekly basis whose fathers in one way or another have let them down. Fathers are only human. Whether it was addiction, or misunderstandings, or anger, or the inability to honor the child that was given to them. These are deep and lasting wounds that heal very slowly. But perhaps by acknowledging, and letting the deep pain hurt in the midst of a loving community, the brokenness of the past can be brought to the light, and let go of, slowly, over time.
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If you happen to be one of the people hurting because of whatever your father did or did not do, I invite you to see him for the broken child of God that He is/was. Have compassion for him. And begin ….just begin to imagine God as your Father. The One who ultimately is the perfect love for all. You are accepted and you are loved by the One who created you just the way that you are.